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October 17, 2012

Does Your High Schooler Want a Science Career? 



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My first response is to have your child read through and study the entire Bible by the end of their high school years; this is where science begins. Then, there are four things that come to mind about leading our high school children today to help them tomorrow:

  1. I would help them prepare in advance by looking at what each science position requires academically, and also interview scientists in these positions, to find out if this is what they really desire. I found a really great website that offers a lot of this information in one place.       
  2. If college is involved, I would also have my high school child do their own research and check each college's science department website and try to discern their philosophies on creation, and then read through some of their science class descriptions to see if this is a good fit.      
  3. Pray fervently during these teen years that God would open up doors for your high school child and that He would orchestrate the people and events in his life to bring him (or her) to what He has planned for them (I can attest to the fact that He has done and is doing that with my oldest children). Pray that whatever gifts, abilities, talents, jobs, or college searches your child has or desires, that God would be glorified in all those areas. Pray for their salvation and that they would make your faith their own. What good is it if he gains the whole science world, but loses his soul?      
  4. Trust God. Trust that God will sovereignly lead you and your child through these high school years and into their future. He desires to do so. Throughout the Bible, you will see the principle that God rewards obedience. I know He will reward your obedience as you have set your children apart and separated them from the world and its teachers so that they would be raised in Godliness for His purposes. Trust Him that He will provide all that your child will need for life and Godliness through their knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3).

I have heard so many real examples of God's faithfulness in providing for the high school years. Just this weekend a mom shared that her son loved to be on the computer and taught himself a computer language as well as how to design websites, filmmaking, etc.  He is now studying computer science in college. He taught himself all about a company's computer products, enough so that he is being interviewed for an internship at that company. Although this mom was told in seminars to get her son off of the computer, she allowed God to lead her son and guide them to what was best for him. Her advice for all of us:


"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5, 6.


Prepare, Research, Pray, and Trust God. 


Trusting with you, 


TOS Senior Editor  



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One of the major goals of high schoolers is deciding what to do after graduation. Choices range from college to apprenticeships to gap year programs. I have graduated one of my six children from our homeschool. This year I have a high school senior, so I have a great perspective on what high school looks like from the trenches. First and foremost, I pray and seek God in choosing curriculum throughout my children's school years. I spend time in prayer and in talking with my husband. We talk to our children about praying for discernment for what God is preparing them for in the future. If a child is drawn to a particular career, I work with them on choosing high school classes that will help him prepare for that career.


Do you want to discuss literature with your student each month? Adam Andrews, Center for Lit, has a literary lesson each month for members. In October, he uses the book, The Story of Ferdinand. This children's classic will provide a catalyst for discussion about conflict, culture, plot, time period, and theme of the story. You can even add a science lesson about bulls and livestock to have a cross-curricular study. Adam also provides a Story Chart for this book that will give you a graphic organizer to use with your lessons.


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Todd Wilson
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We're making our way south as I write this. We've had a great time speaking across Ohio and Pennsylvania but are enjoying the warmth as we head to the vacation state of Florida. I'm always encouraged to meet moms and dads who are just like us . . . stumbling along the minefield call homeschooling. 


So what should you do if your high schooler wants a career in science? My advice is that you should encourage him. I wouldn't worry too much about messing him/her over. I would feed him all the science he can handle. 


And, if your child is going to be a science guy, then don't waste your time making him do lots of art, music, or his other non-interests. Let him do science. 


That's the great thing about homeschooling, we don't have to serve our children a generic portion of one-size-fits-all school. We get to teach to our children's bents without feeling guilty about what they're not learning. 


So let your child be a scientist, teacher, mother, or cowboy 

. . . and enjoy every minute. 


Be real,


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Dear Friends,


Well, I told you last week I was out of my league when it came to science. So, with this week's topic in mind, I took advantage of a recent lunch with Dr. Jay and Kathleen Wile, both professional scientists, to ask them for their advice.


In case you don't recognize those names, Dr. Jay L. Wile is the author of the Apologia science curriculum. And he has said many times that his wife is a better research scientist than he will ever be! So, with that as an introduction, here's their insightful wisdom.


When I told them this week's topic, without a moment's hesitation they both said that the best preparation for a science career was math! The more, the better--four years of math in high school, with courses that will challenge the student. Dr. Wile said that it was more important that the student be challenged in math studies than that particular math courses be taken. The reason for this is that even if students are contemplating a career in the life sciences (which do not use as much math as the physical sciences), it is still very helpful to immerse oneself in math courses because it helps train the brain to think in a particular way. And a mathematically-trained brain is valuable to every scientist.


From their comments, it seemed clear that math is the "open sesame" to a treasure trove of widely divergent science careers. They even mentioned that though medical doctors don't use calculus, pre-med students are required to take it.  If you pass, you continue. If you fail, it's over. I guess it's a way of separating the sheep from the goats, scientifically speaking.


Next in importance was the simple step of subscribing to a science magazine that students could understand and enjoy, such as Answers magazine (from Answers in Genesis) or Nature Friend. The reason for this is that, unlike textbooks, magazines tend to publish what's new in science, allowing students to stay in touch with some of science's current topics.


Finally, encourage your students to begin looking into the possibilities of what they might find interesting as a science career. Explore all the avenues of science--it's an incredibly broad field with many different types of occupations.


So, I hope you find this as helpful as I did. Many thanks to Jay and Kathleen Wile for generously sharing their experience and insight into science careers. It made for a fun lunch discussion . . .


Remember, stay relational!




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Hal & Melanie Young


Most boys at some time or another think they want a career in science or technology. Sometimes that's what God's calling them to, but other times, it's what they think that kind of career would bring. That's the way we were. Hal majored in engineering and Melanie in the hard sciences, though it's become clear over the years that our real gifts and calling are in writing and speaking. So, the first thing you need to figure out is why your student is being drawn into the sciences.


Ask a lot of good questions. Why does he want to be a scientist? What does he think a scientist does on a typical day? Often, our students are imagining the adventurous life shown in the movies rather than a professor's quiet lab work and research. Melanie imagined that studying robotics would lead to the exciting kind of life portrayed in science fiction; instead, she's found great adventure being engaged in the war for souls in our family life and ministry. Help your child find their real gifts, science or otherwise.


Create real world exposure. Find someone employed in the sciences, a professor or research chemist perhaps, and suggest your child ask if they can shadow them for a few days. If he's still interested after that, see if you can arrange for a longer term internship.


And, if he's still thinking science, what then?


Math. One of the things that derails a lot of science and engineering aspirations is math--namely, calculus. You don't necessarily have to do calculus in high school, but they need a solid foundation in math, extending at least to precalculus, so that they can move into calculus confidently.


Science. Taking an Advanced Placement (AP) course or dual enrollment course or two in the sciences can help prepare them to jump ahead at the college level--or even just be better prepared. Be aware, though: AP classes, as well as college classes, assume a student has already had a year of the high school level of that science before they start the advanced course. That means that it's helpful to start high school science a year early if you have a science-oriented student, so that they have time to complete advanced courses without doubling up.


We're hopeful that the next generation of scientists will have a lot of homeschool graduates. The things we are so good at teaching as homeschoolers--Biblical worldview, diligence, critical thinking, integrity--will be real assets in the scientific community.


Hal & Melanie Young


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King Alfred's English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do


King Alfred's English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do was written by Laurie J. White as a way to bring the history of our language to students in grades 7 through 12 in a fun and engaging manner. Laurie fell in love with the history of the English language after taking it as a college course; it made the study of key parts of history, English, and even foreign languages come alive. King Alfred's English looks at how the growth of the English language through four key invasions, or as Laurie puts it, "language altering tsunamis," both broadened and simplified English into the language we speak today.


Further, Laurie discusses how the advent of the printing press was not only a boon to language, but helped with the dissemination of the Bible to the common people aiding the Protestant Reformation and molding the vernacular. She explores the work of Wycliffe (pre-printing press), Martin Luther and Tyndale. As the book marches through history, the reader learns that many of the words with the SK sound come from the Old Norse, ph comes from Greek, how the advent of printing solidified spelling, why the Great Vowel Shift changed pronunciation, and the lasting effect of Greek and Latin on the "roots" of English. Answers to why we spell knight with a kn and other mysteries of spelling are illuminated. So that's why our spelling is so strange! (. . .)



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